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Staff Biography

Rachel Fox von Swearingen

Rachel Fox von Swearingen

Librarian for Music and Performing Arts
Research and Scholarship
Bird Library


Subject Areas

Dance, Music, Musical Theater


Rachel has worked with Syracuse University as the music librarian since June 2011. Prior to her appointment at Syracuse, Rachel was the Public Services Librarian at The Boston Conservatory, providing reference and services to music, dance, and musical theater students. Other experience includes being the Evening Librarian/Metadata Specialist at the Boston Conservatory as well as cataloging contracts with Minuteman Library Network and Harvard University. Rachel holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.


  • “One Library, Many Music Departments: Developing an Integrated Library Instruction Program for All.” NYS/O-MLA & ATMLA (New York State/Ontario Chapter and Atlantic Chapter of the Music Library Association) joint Fall Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, October 3-4, 2013.
  • Co-presenter: "Good-bye Athena, Hello Koha: The Migration to an Open Source ILS at the Albert Alphin Library." NEMLA (New England Chapter of the Music Library Association) Spring Meeting, Boston, MA, March 18, 2011.

Professional Service & Activities

  • Music Library Association, Music Industry & Arts Management Roundtable Coordinator, 2014-2018
  • HathiTrust User Support Working Group, 2013-2014
  • Music Library Association, New York State/Ontario Chapter Chair, 2013-2014
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